September 2007

Special Report: Refining Developments

New developments in renewable fuels offer more choices

Vegetable oil-based diesel can offer better integration within crude-oil refineries for fuels blending

Faraci, G., Perego, C., eni S.p.A. Refining and Marketing Division; Gosling, C., Holmgren, J., Marker, T., UOP LLC; Marinangeli, R., UOP A Honeywell Company

Renewable fuels production is expanding worldwide due to increasing petroleum prices, government regulations and commitments to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG). Little integration exists between renewable fuels production within petroleum refineries, despite the rapidly increasing demand for renewable fuels. This segregated production increases costs, since the existing infrastructure for distribution and production of petroleum-based fuels is not utilized. Renewable fuels can have greater application in meeting the growing demand for transportation fuels if economic opportunities for blending or co-processing them within traditional petroleum refineries can be developed. A new technology can

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